Posts Tagged ‘I vacationed with Obama’

Even Über-Liberal Martha’s Vineyard Starting To Miss Bush

August 19, 2010

Martha’s Vineyard is quintessentially Über-Über liberal.  In the 2008 election, fully 75% of the island residents voted for Obama.  Which is why Democrats love it so much.

Which makes the following story a) utterly hilarious in its sheer delicious irony and b) terrifying news for Democrats.  Democrats  should basically view themselves as cockroaches caught in the light and seeing a giant boot forcefully descending from heaven (mind you, Democrats should ALWAYS view themselves as cockroaches) as November approaches:

Vineyard buzzes less for Obamas’ second visit
Many say they’ll leave family alone
By Milton J. Valencia
Globe Staff / August 18, 2010

OAK BLUFFS — Sharky’s Cantina is once again mixing its “Obamarita’’ cocktail, with tastes of the president’s favorite fruits, and the Locker Room on Circuit Avenue has restocked the “I vacationed with Obama’’ T-shirts.

But as Martha’s Vineyard prepares for the first family’s visit tomorrow — their second summer stay here since President Obama took office — the excitement that marked last summer’s arrival of the fresh-faced commander in chief seems to have ebbed like the tide.

Obama, now a tested president burdened by war and economic upheaval, may well get the peace and quiet he has been seeking as he settles in for a 10-day stay, presumably at the historic Blue Heron Farm in Chilmark where he stayed last year, local residents said.

“I have no desire to go chase him or see him,’
’ said Elaine Allen, owner of the Laughing Bear clothing shop on Circuit Avenue, one of the few stores to feature a poster in its window welcoming the first family this year.

“Let him just have that R and R that he needs,’’ she said.

It was only a year ago that the president, a superstar after his historic election, rode a wave of popularity to The Rock. Islanders typically brag about a laissez-faire attitude when it comes to celebrities, but it seemed everyone wanted a glimpse of Obama playing golf or biking with his daughters.

But in the final days before his second visit, some residents say the excitement has waned along with Obama’s popularity after two years in office. Others say his poll numbers are not the issue; they just want to give the president the quiet he seeks.

“It’s not as hectic or as crazy’’ this year, said Maya Sharp, a clerk at Alley’s General Store in West Tisbury, one of the locations the president visited last summer. She remembers the excitement when Secret Service agents came into the store announcing that the president would visit. No one else was allowed in the store when he came in to buy candy for his two daughters.

“It’s just a laid-back feeling now,’’ Sharp said. “It’s like ‘Wow, he’s coming — again.’ ’’

One barometer of the plunge in excitement has been the sale of Obama-themed T-shirts, which designers had been banking on after the craze of last year. Clothing labeled with the president’s name sold by the thousands, helping to salvage a tough economic year for the island.

But this year’s T-shirt sales are much less brisk, merchants say.

“Last year, Obama gave you goose bumps, but I don’t think you’re going to see that this year,’’ said Alex McCluskey, co-owner of the Locker Room, who sold more than 4,000 “I vacationed with Obama’’ T-shirts last year. But so far this year, he said, his hot item is T-shirts of former President Bush asking, “Miss me yet?’’

Residents have also noticed a drop in the number of stores with Obama posters on their front windows and homes with signs that welcome the first family.

Just imagine the sorry loser who doubled his order of “I Vacationed with Obama” T-Shirts.  There’s your metaphor for “hope and change” in a nutshell: hope in Obama means no change in your pockets.

Maybe Obama-themed T-shirts will come back if someone makes a shirt that says, “I hoped in one hand and crapped in the other, and all I got to show for it was this lousy handful of crap.”

To miss Bush or not to miss Bush, that is the question:

And when even the snotty elite and snotty elite wannabes miss the leadership of George W. Bush, Democrats are in for the “Titanic, meet Iceberg” event of their lives.

Not only are more and more Democrats missing Bush; they’re preferring him over their current disastrous reality:

A prominent Democratic pollster is circulating a survey that shows George W. Bush is 6 points more popular than President Obama in “Frontline” districts — seats held by Democrats that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee sees as most vulnerable to Republican takeover. That Bush is more popular than Obama in Democratic-held seats is cause for outright fear.

As for me, I do miss Bush.  He did a lot of things right, and he did a lot of things wrong.  In that, he’s very unlike Barry Hussein, who’s done nothing right and absolutely everything wrong.

For those who are keeping scorecards at home, this marks the Obamas’ sixth vacation so far this year.